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France name unchanged side after five try win over Fiji

Classic Fiji for the last try - bloody love to see that coast-to-coast stuff.
Best moment for me - Tikoritima (sp?) hand off around the 1:20 mark.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Referee decisions in spotlight as New Zealand prove too good for England

Excellent comment mate, agree with every word of that.
I felt like Brian Moore watching Toby Flood a few years ago (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTQWT-B0EBw) during that second half...

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Referee decisions in spotlight as New Zealand prove too good for England

Thank you Kiwi in Aus, whiteafrican and bloblabli.
You learn something new every day...

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Referee decisions in spotlight as New Zealand prove too good for England

I think Nige could hear the TMO and decided to over-rule him based on his viewing of the replay. This in my opinion - based on the fact that Nigel Owens was clearly correct - is good, strong leadership and refereeing.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Referee decisions in spotlight as New Zealand prove too good for England

The fact that Owens has attracted criticism from both sides illustrates two things:
1) On balance he probably got it about right.
2) The game of rugby is very fast following football down the toilet with all the bitching and moaning about refs.

Having said that, I do share the concern over undue influence from TV producers. There does need to be a rational and sensible debate about it and guidelines made. My view is that replays should only be shown in the stadium if requested by the ref and more real-speed footage used instead of the super-slow-mo which often distorts facts.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Referee decisions in spotlight as New Zealand prove too good for England

Is there a reason why Whitelock's try was not disallowed by coming round the side of the ruck? That's what I saw at the time, which would make the grounding of the ball irrelevant. Penalty to England.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Referee decisions in spotlight as New Zealand prove too good for England

McCaw was pinged on a number of occasions including giving away three points in the second half. I actually felt while watching the game that interestingly enough Offside Rich's invisibility cloak had finally slipped.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Referee decisions in spotlight as New Zealand prove too good for England

Whilst I agree with you in theory, I remember that incident and felt it was excellent use of the video replays available. Yellow would have been the wrong call; Garces had the balls and intelligence to make the correct decision based on the evidence available.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

The Steven Luatua Quarterback Lineout throw against Australia

After the first sentence I was expecting a very different and more entertaining story.........

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Test Rugby Results - November 7th and 8th 2014

Thought Nigel Owens had a shocker - Heresy!! How dare you question Nige's judgement. It is interesting though isn't it, how much narrower the ABs' margin of victory is when they're properly policed at the breakdown.

Whitelocks try disallowed - clear knock on. Also, presumably I'm mistaken here, but I didn't see why that wouldn't have been a case of coming in from the side of the ruck anyway?

the yellow carding of Coles - you think you should be allowed to kick another player, off-the-ball with very little provocation? Yellow card any day of the week. Like Nigel, I couldn't comprehend the TMO's reluctance to recommend yellow.

the yellow card that wasn't given against England - when was that? I don't recall any yellow cardable offences by England...

the "penalty try" that was given to England - so clearly the correct decision that it's hard to see Owens could have made any other decision.

the penalty try that was not awarded to NZ - again I don't remember any potential penalty try for New Zealand. What would that have been for?

I turned off before post-match interviews, but if what you say about the booing is correct, I would like to apologise on behalf of those pricks. Maybe Nigel Owens could have given them directions to the football stadium.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

 
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